Re-evaluating the Big East 

December, 28, 2011

Big EastMitchell Layton/Getty ImagesSurprising early results have turned the Big East's preseason picture on its head.
We are entering, likely, the final season of the Big East Conference as we've known it for a long time. So with schools coming and going the next couple of years, let's look at where the league's teams are right now as they enter a historic conference race and where they may end up in March -- or April.

I've used the Big East's preseason coaches' poll as my measuring stick:

1. Connecticut Huskies

What we thought: This is a team that returned four young starters and its Hall of Fame coach from a national championship team and added one of the nation's best recruiting classes. The prognosis for another opportunity to reach the Final Four is very, very good.